Museum Blogs

  • Not just big heads, historic survivors of the Blitz!
    This week Brock needed to photograph a couple of the large figureheads on display in our lobby and it reminded me of their really interesting history.  I’m not talking about the history of the ships they came from, although I am sure that’s fascinating as well, in this instance I’m Read more
    In blog Museum Blogson Nov 15 2018By Jeanne Willoz-Egnor
  • A local story for Armistice Day
    In honor of Armistice/Veterans day I thought I would tell one local man’s World War I story.  That man is Henry Redmond Hendren. Henry was born in Norfolk, Virginia on October 4, 1900 making him just 13 when the war started in Europe in July 1914. Prisoner-of-war armband worn by Read more
    In blog Museum Blogson Nov 11 2018By Jeanne Willoz-Egnor
  • Another day, another Dahlgren!
    Today’s question seems like a simple one – how long is a Dahlgren Shell Gun? As I mentioned previously, I am designing a set of drilling equipment to clean inside the XI-Inch Dahlgrens recovered from USS Monitor, and as part of that I need to establish parameters for actually using Read more
    In blog Museum Blogson Nov 5 2018By Erik Farrell
  • Aeronautical Engineer and #mariner
    “It’s a bird!” “It’s a plane.” “It’s superm–” “No, really y’all, it’s a weird plane.” Frederick K. Kirsten “Egg-Beater Wing Plane Imitates…Eagle” claimed Modern Mechanics in 1934. Yes, you read that correctly. As early as 1921, German-American inventor Frederick K. Kirsten (1885-1953)  was working on a wingless, rudderless airplane design. What does that Read more
    In blog Museum Blogson Oct 19 2018By Hannah Fleming
  • Giving the Dutch the What For in 1599
    One of my Facebook friends recently fussed with me about posting an image of Christopher Columbus on October 8th with the statement that it was probably the one time that a man refusing to ask for directions was a good thing. His comment? “Not for the natives.” So I thought Read more
    In blog Museum Blogson Oct 15 2018By Jeanne Willoz-Egnor